The Vale Village

the-vale-village-logo-mediumThe majority of University accommodation is located in the Vale Village, just 20 minutes walk from the main Edgbaston campus in landscaped, lakeside parkland. Both catered and self-catering accommodation is available and self-catering residents can use the catering outlets in The Hub on a ‘pay as you eat’ basis.

Choose from a single study-bedroom with shared facilities or have your own en suite bathroom. Deaf alerts are available at Shackleton; deaf alerts and wheelchair adaptation in Mason; and wheelchair adapted rooms at Elgar Court.

The Vale's lively community life centres on the food court and social activities at the Hub. Infusion is the main restaurant and The Melt offers snacks and coffee. Other facilities include a launderette, shop, bar and 24-hour reception. There is also a Vale Residents' Association which organises regular events.

The Hub

The Hub is located in the heart of The Vale Village and is situated below Shackleton.
It provides recreational facilities including bars, restaurants, convenience store, The Vale
24 hour reception and a coin operated launderette. The Hub is available to all students
who want a meal, sandwich, coffee or relaxing drink.

Infusion is the main restaurant, whilst The Melt offers coffee and snacks and is home to the Pizza Shack in the evenings.  The Hungry Duck, located above the Duck & Scholar bar, is our take on street food, offering gourmet hot dogs. Meal Plan is accepted at all of these outlets during term time. 

Infusion is open Monday to Friday 4.30 to 8.00pm and at weekends 10am-3pm for for a brunch and lunch service. The Melt is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm(9am-5pm at weekends) and becomes the Pizza Shack in the evenings, open until 10pm Monday-Wednesday and to midnight Thursday-Sunday.

The Meal Plan is an easy way for paying for food at The Hub with funds held
on The University ID card.  Meal Plan is only offered at some of our residences: Aitken, Chamberlain, Elgar, Shackleton and some blocks at Maple Bank.  Meal Plan can be added on to accommodation packages at other sites but it forms part of the whole accommodation offer at the sites listed above and cannot be removed.

Our outlets at The Hub have recently been substantially redeveloped, relocated and renamed.  You can take a look around using Google Street View of the inside of The Hub:

View the inside of the Hub in full screen mode.


Work with us at The Hub

The University of Birmingham offers on-campus casual work opportunities for Students. Worklink the University’s Student recruitment service is looking for a number of first year Students for new positions at the Vale Student village.

Please see the Worklink website to view and apply on-line for any positions you feel you are suitable for. You will need to upload your CV and have your Student ID number.



ShackletonHousing 350 students at the heart of the Vale Village community, Shackleton offers mainly catered accommodation through the Meal Plan. Each flat has between two and eight study bedrooms, most of which are en suite, with a shared kitchen and dining area.

Meals are available in The Hub, on the ground floor and are provided for 32 weeks per year. In addition there are 15 apartments offering self-catering accommodation. No car parking spaces are available.


ChamberlainOur brand new accommodation for September 2015, Chamberlain will consist of four buildings, three low rise blocks and a 20-storey tower located at the top of the Vale Village, set in beautiful parkland and is just a short walk from the University campus.

Providing a home for 702 students in catered en suite study bedrooms in flats of five or six sharing a kitchen and lounge. There will also be 24 self-contained studio apartments for those who want a more exclusive living experience. The ground floor of the new tower will accommodate social spaces including catering, a bar, a launderette and other amenities.

Chamberlain will be a catered residence with students benefiting from the flexible and convenient Meal Plan package. For further information and latest updates on this exciting project, please view our Chamberlain Redevelopment news page and Flickr account.

Like all our residences, students will benefit from Wi-Fi throughout the accommodation, plus energy efficient heating and hot water.

  • Accommodation type: Meal Plan and en suite
  • Contract length: 42 weeks (21 September 2015 to 9 July 2016) or 50 weeks (21 September 2015 to 3 September 2016)
  • Price guide:  En suite room with Meal Plan £7,806 (42 weeks); self-catering Studio Apartment £9,870/£11,759 (42/50 weeks)
  • See our Code of Practice page (Chamberlain documentation coming soon)
  • The postal address for Chamberlain is: Chamberlain, Vale Village, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Maple Bank

Maple Bank, The ValeSituated at the top of the Vale Village, Maple Bank comprises 87 flats providing accommodation for 435 students offering either self-catering or Meal Plan options. Each flat has five study bedrooms plus a shared kitchen diner, bathroom and toilet facilities. This hall does not have car parking spaces.


Elgar Court

ElgarIf you stay in Elgar Court, you will be joining 236 students in 40  Meal Plan flats. Each flat has either five or six en suite single study-bedrooms plus a shared kitchen and dining area. No parking is available.

Tennis Courts

Tennis CourtTennis Court currently comprises 137 flats accommodating 694 undergraduate and postgraduate students in self-catered, shared bathroom accommodation. Each shared flat includes between four and six study bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge, as well as bathroom and toilet facilities. Limited parking is available.  Pleaase note that Tennis Court en suite accommodation is not available for 2015/16 academic year due to a group booking.


Aitken comprises 23 flats offering Meal Plan accommodation on a 42 week contract for a total of 147 students. Each flat is made up of six to eight single study bedrooms with wash basins, shared kitchen/dining rooms, bathrooms and toilets. There are no car parking spaces.


MasonMason is located at the south of the Vale Village. It has 804 self-catered en suite rooms in five or six bed flats and 36 apartments with double beds which are suitable for couples (42 or 50 week contract). Some studio apartments will be made available for Postgraduate students on a 50 week contract. This is a very popular site due to its pleasant views and close location to the campus. No car parking is available.